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Women Beware: Political Wolves in Sheepskin Clothing

Whatever your political persuasion, rape is the topic of the day. One would think that presidential candidates would distance themselves from anyone making absurd claims about rape. Not so.

Whatever your political persuasion, rape is the topic of the day. Richard Murdock, nominee for senator in Indiana, has just come out with an ad that states rape, although heinous, is an act of God and should be recognized as such. In other words, impregnated women should carry this baby to term regardless of the violence and hate rapists feel towards women they are violating and the violence inherent in the definition of rape itself. We're talking about DNA and genetic disposition towards violence in utero. 

One would think that after Todd Aiken's reprehensible statement that the nature of a woman's body prevents her from becoming pregnant during a rape, candidates for president would think twice about supporting someone with zero knowledge of women, women's bodies, women's trauma after rape. And yet, Governor Romney's latest ad supports Murdock.

Women need to think long and hard about who they're electing. And while they're doing that, think about walking down a dark street at night or a deserted area during the day. Men have no clue as to how threatened women feel in so many situations. I am a senior living on the edge of South Evanston where dozens of young women, college students jog all hours of the day and night.  Attempted rapes are not an anomaly. 

Women need to watch their backs, whether out alone or in the political arena. We've come too far to slip back. Beware of politicians steeped in so-called middle-of-the-road ideals when it comes to women. Who are the wolves and who are the sheep in this scenario? Scary.

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Winnetka October 26, 2012 at 01:21 AM
How did women get to this point where they are only viewed as sex objects whose top priority is between their legs? Thank NOW and the bra burning hippy sexual revolutionaries.They wanted to be treated like sexual equals to men. As if that should ever have been considered a lofty goal. They got what they wished for. Instead of emphasizing respect for girls and women, they've relegated women to the status of inhuman sex toys. That is why every other minute we read headlines about another woman or girl being brutually raped, murdered and thrown away like garbage. I don't think Virginia Slim would be happy.
Mark T October 26, 2012 at 02:44 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/18/AR2006061800610.html If only that were true. Rape rates have decreased in the last 30 years. We read about the headlines because we've got a very different news media than ever before. Women are also reporting rapes. Before women would be raped and be too scared to report it (this is still true to some extent) due to the humiliation experienced as well as the blame society puts on victims of rape.
Lorie Cohen Rowley October 26, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Let's go back to the turn of the century. Men were allowed to beat their wives as long as the belt they used was no wider than their thumb, thus "rule of thumb." Thank goodness for the suffragettes who stood their ground until women were allowed to vote. Think about it: If it wasn't for women like Gloria Steinem, a precursor of NOW, women who braved tremendous criticism for acting "too male," for being too outspoken, for being able to compete in the same arena with men, you wouldn't have half the rights you have today. People like Richard Mourdock and Donald Trump and Todd Aikens haven't a clue when it comes to women's rights, especially when it comes to a woman's body. For eons, women have been coerced into thinking that men will take care of them. Women need to be sexy and smart. Men need to be sexy and smart enough to realize that women run circles around men when it comes to quadruple task-ting. Women do it all: Moms, lovers, psychologists, financial contributors, teachers, philosophers, plumbers, cooks, sports enthusiasts, work out mavens -- you name it. All we want is respect. We need to ban together to make sure that we as well as our children view women as nothing less than amazing.
Argle Bargle October 28, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Nice rahrah Lorie, you can be amazing, just stop murdering America's children. Collen Connell too!
Eric Lieberman November 01, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Here is a transcription with what Murdock said. It speaks for itself: "The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother," said Mourdock, the Tea Party-backed state treasurer. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."

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